Mousetrap comes to the Guild Hall

The Mousetrap in London

The Mousetrap in London

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The world’s longest-running whodunnit is coming to Preston.

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap will continue its record-breaking, and first ever, UK tour next year – including a visit to the city’s Guild Hall.

The stage production is due to come to Preston in May 2015.

Richard Simkin, head of major operations at the Villa Group, said: “It’s such a great coup for us to be able to bring this calibre of show to Preston.

“It’s the longest running play ever, which is testament to both the wonderful writing but also the fantastic production value and we’re confident our audiences will agree.

“It’s perfect for anyone who enjoys puzzles, mysteries or thinks they can work out whodunit.”

The murder mystery will begin the 2015 leg of 
its tour at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen in April.

The show will then visit 25 venues across the UK, including a return visit in September to The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, where the record-breaking tour began in September 2012.

From May 26 to 30, the production will visit Preston’s Charter Theatre, although the cast is yet to be announced.

The production, which originally opened in 1952 starring Richard Attenborough and his wife Sheila Sim, will visit places including Sunderland, Dundee, Sheffield, Bradford and Northampton.

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has been the world’s longest-running stage production at its London home since 1958.

The 60th anniversary UK tour of the murder mystery has been seen by more than 600,000 people across more than 600 performances, and has broken box office records at many venues.

Mousetrap Productions has also licensed 60 productions of The Mousetrap worldwide to mark the 60th year, and many of these have also broken their records, from Cape Town to Philadelphia, and Singapore to Sydney.

During this period the world’s longest-running show has been seen on every continent.